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10 tips on how to beat the Winter Blues or SAD

Good Morning & Happy New Year!

Today I want to share with you 10 tips to help you beat the winter blues also know as condition called SAD. I had a friend of mine who also felt more down and blue during the winter months. I'm sure there are many of you that feel the same way.

In December's podcast interview on her radio show "The Answer with Joan Joan Yuppa-Herrmann, we discussed this and for those of you that missed it, here is the replay for you to listen to.

How does a person know they may be experiencing a case of the winter blues?

Depending on where you live—New York City versus Los Angeles—winter will either be something you dread or something that passes you by without noticing. Me living in New York City, I dread the winter except for binge watching my favorite shows under a toasty blanket and some hot cocoa.

Sometimes even people who live in the warmer states like California, experience cyclical changes that affect their moods and disposition.

The extreme form of this is called SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a cyclical form of depression caused by changes in the circadian rhythm—a 24-hour cycle that regulates biochemical processes in the body.

For some people, as the hours of sunlight decrease in the fall and winter, their circadian rhythm cycle can become disrupted. The hormone melatonin and the neurotransmitter serotonin suddenly drop in the winter, and this causes lethargy, depression, irritability and weight gain.

How will a person know which of these tips will work for them?

Good question!

Start by picking your top three that just jump out at you. Those are the ones that obviously appeal to you the most—so that’s a great place to start!

Next, schedule a time on your calendar to actually do them starting tomorrow!

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